Thursday, May 21, 2009

Differences between Maddon / Cooper

So there's a little thread going back and forth on how Cooper handled the whole "You-bat-then-he-bats. No. Wait. Huh?" scenario that unfolded last night with Michael Bourn shaken, yet not stirred.

Cooper said:
"We have three or four safeguards, two or three coaches and myself. And today no one checked it. So we're all at fault, but I take the blame ultimately because it's my responsibility. That should be the end of it."

Then Cooper said:
"Actually, when (the umpire) said he was out. That's when I noticed it. I didn't even look at it. I put it in my pocked tonight without really checking. Usually I check it every day and today for some reason, I did not check. And no one checked. That was the snafu."

Joe Maddon, to whom this happened four days ago, said:
"It was my mistake. … It was my fault. I screwed up. Nobody else did."

Then Maddon said this:
"Two fives, five there and five there," (pointing to the mistake on the scorecard) "And I said, 'Oh no.' My only concern at that point was that Longo stayed in the game. ... This was unacceptable. I [made a mistake]."

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